The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Doctor of Medicine - MD

Division: Pritzker School of Medicine 
Degree Type: MD 

Program Description

At a medical school located on the campus of a world-class university, our students have the opportunity to take advantage of the resources of one of our country's greatest centers of learning. The accessibility of our faculty is a very important strength of our program. You will be taught by full-time faculty who not only are outstanding teachers but also are leading scientists and world-famous clinicians. And the most critical ingredient of our success is the quality of the students themselves. Here at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, you will find a student body with a boundless enthusiasm for learning, service, investigation, and science that is matched only by its enthusiasm for teamwork, friendship, and making the most of the great city of Chicago. When you graduate, you will be prepared to follow generations of Pritzker-trained physicians to the best residency training programs in the country and ultimately into the career of your choice.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Paper applications are not accepted.


AMCAS Deadline:  October 15

Supplemental Deadline: December 2

Campus Visits

Campus visits are not required. Those selected for an interview will be invited to campus for a full interview day.

Degree Objective

The Department admits applicants only for the MD degree. 

Application Requirements

  1. The University of Chicago utilizes the online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Every student who submits an application through AMCAS will receive a Pritzker School of Medicine Supplemental Application by email.
  2. The supplemental application requires a non-refundable fee of $75, which may be waived if the applicant has been granted the AMCAS Fee Waiver Program.
  3. The Supplementary Application requires three individual letters of recommendation *or* a letter from your Health Professions Adviser.
  4. For a regular decision application, the deadline for filing AMCAS is October 15 and the Supplemental Application must be submitted by December 3.
  5. The admissions process is slightly different depending upon whether applicants are interested in an early decision, the MSTP and MeSH programs, or a joint degree.
  6. If an applicant's credentials have been favorably reviewed, he or she is invited via email to visit campus for an interview.

Admissions Decisions

Students are admitted on a rolling basis.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have completed 90 credit hours (using the AMCAS methodology) prior to matriculation from an accredited four-year degree-granting U.S. or Canadian college or university. A baccalaureate degree is not required but is strongly preferred by the Admissions Committee. If you completed a baccalaureate degree in a country outside of the U.S. or Canada, we require you to complete at least one year of full-time coursework (predominately in the sciences) in a U.S. or Canadian institution. Courses pursued in other English-speaking countries will also be considered.

Pritzker has a standard entrance requirement for a total of 32 semester credit hours (using AMCAS methodology) of undergraduate science comprised of an eight-credit, academic year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and introductory biology, all with accompanying laboratory.

Additional coursework is recommended in the following areas: biochemistry with an accompanying laboratory, humanities, social sciences, calculus, statistics, college English, and genetics.

Personal characteristics and learning skills are as important as demonstrated excellence in academic performance. There must be evidence of commitment, not only to acquire an excellent knowledge base but also to develop learning and problem-solving skills that will sustain lifelong learning.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to service to others and to society in general. Finally, applicants should demonstrate well-informed and carefully explored reasons for seeking a career in medicine.

All applicants to the School of Medicine are evaluated and judged on an individual basis. Pritzker does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or handicap; and there is no residency requirement.

Costs & Financial Aid

The estimated costs per year are: $71,026, first year; $68,096, second year; and $89,875, third and fourth year.

When packaging aid, we strive to assemble an award at the lowest possible cost to the student. Students are entitled to financial aid up to the cost of the standard student budget. The office of financial aid develops packages based on a combination of institutional loans and scholarships and federal student loans.